Fun, frustrating

Getting out (that’s what we call it) a country weekly newspaper is fun, frustrating, satisfying, challenging – though not necessarily in that order. Dire predictions about daily newspapers were being made even before the meltdown of the country’s economy. Even the venerable Christian Science Monitor will cut back the number of issues published each week. Others are closing shop, just […]


Fred Stoffregen has notified The Blount Countian that he did not write or send the e-mail that was transmitted to the newspaper last week from his e-mail address. The message was sent as a response to the “Comments” section of the newspaper’s online poll of citizens’ preferences concerning the district and unit systems. The brief comments were printed in the […]

Chamber guests to hear about Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Update for the Chamber of Commerce

This month’s Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will again focus on a local initiative. The chief executive officer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS), Sue Johnson, will be our featured speaker. Regions Bank, a great member of the chamber, will be the program sponsor. Twin Oaks at Heritage is the setting; 7:30 a.m., the time; and Wednesday, Feb. […]

Oneonta officers to inspect trucks

Oneonta police officers Jonathan Ledbetter and Wesley Buchanan have completed coursework and will soon be certified inspectors of commercial motor vehicles. The officers completed a two-week class last month in Pelham that will allow them to inspect, and write citations for, any type of commercial vehicle – provided it weighs more than 10,001 pounds and/or carries hazardous material. The pair […]

Owens rehiring fuels conflict in Cleveland

Wayne Owens is at the center of ill feelings and conflicting opinions over the interruption of his employment with the town of Cleveland last year. Owens has been rehired as superintendent of parks and streets, but the conflict over the matter has created or worsened divisions on the town council and appears to foreshadow more to come. Town attorney Stan […]

Poll flawed by nature of network architecture

District/unit system

For a poll – or an election – to be valid, every person in the population concerned with a given question or issue should have the right to respond and an equal ability to respond. Unfortunately, as The Blount Countian discovered last week, that is not the case in the on-line poll concerning the district system and unit system it […]

Arts in west Blount get boost from community foundation

The West Blount Community Foundation recently distributed over $50,000 to Hayden’s four schools, in addition to the Friends of Rickwood Caverns State Park organization. Funds were initially intended to build a performing arts and civic center for the west Blount County area. After conducting fundraising for several years, the group decided the mission was too ambitious given the resources available […]

Historical site designated

The Blount County Historical Society has officially designated the Tidwell Cemetery in the Deverstown community as a historical site. The cemetery began as a Tidwell family burial ground when James Matthew Tidwell died of tuberculosis around 1865, and was buried there. It later became a public cemetery. Shown left to right are Karen Tidwell Kennedy and Lois Tidwell Baty, descendents […]

Cookies, cookies everywhere

A cookie monster inundated the Woodmen of the World office in Oneonta with more than 1000 cases of Girl Scout cookies last week. According to service area manager P. J. Bicknell, the cookies went on sale last weekend. She said, “Don’t worry if you missed the initial order. Periodically, troops will be out in force in front of Walmart and […]

Church to host Franks recital

Local violinist Elizabeth Franks (above center) will present a recital Sat. Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oneonta. She will perform with two fellow students from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.: at left, sophomore Erica Leung, a piano major, and at right, sophomore Sarah Eskola, majoring in piano and cello. Franks is a junior from Oneonta, […]